Make Mine Marvel!

Make Mine Marvel!

Hello there from the Bullpen Bulletin!

I guess the excitement of ordering the Pos Malaysia – Marvel – The Walt Disney Company “Marvel 80 Years” is all time high this morning. There has been a relentless request for information and checks on Pos Malaysia’s eziemall. This is probably the easiest way to buy the issue as it can be pre-ordered online and no queues! It takes a bit of patience to wait for the items to arrive but hey, all good things need time to prepare!

Which other countries issued Marvel stamps this year? That would be United Kingdom via Royal Mail on 14 March 2019. The trick in buying UK stamps is to wait for the bundle offer or sales, which is going on now! https://shop.royalmail.com/special-stamp-issues/marvel

With the continued drop on the Pound (GBP) and the discount, it is really a better offer than buying on the release date.

Hmmmm, maybe Royal Mail will see a spike in their sale of leftover stocks of Marvel after you read this!

There are plenty of decorative stamps from dubious nations on Marvel. I usually skip these. They are more cinderella than anything else. No worthy!

Another worthy issue is from United States back in 2007 on superheroes.

Right, so for the die hard fans! Whatever it takes!

Keep a look out for more tie-in news in the future!

Meanwhile for foreign readers, the item is only available for local orders. If you would like to order via myfdc, just drop a note at: sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

For the details of the Pos Malaysia launch / media preview of the “Marvel 80 Years” folder set: https://myfdc.me/2019/07/03/media-preview-of-the-marvel-80-years-folder-set/

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04 July 2019: Marvel 80 Years pre-order opened in Pos Malaysia eziemall

04 July 2019: Marvel 80 Years pre-order opened in Pos Malaysia eziemall

News flash:

Marvel 80 Years folder set has just been released in Pos Malaysia’s eziemall at: https://www.eziemall.com/limited-edition-80-years-marvel-stamp

Be quick! There is a limit of 5 sets per order.

Post script: For foreign readers, the item is only available for local orders. If you would like to order via myfdc, just drop a note at: sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

 

If you are interested in the launch news and media preview, check out: https://myfdc.me/2019/07/03/media-preview-of-the-marvel-80-years-folder-set/

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Media Preview of the Marvel 80 Years Folder Set

Media Preview of the Marvel 80 Years Folder Set

Today was the media preview and launch of the “Marvel 80 Years” folder set.

Marvel first started as Timely Comics back in 1939. The first comic “Marvel Comics” came out in October of the same year! One of the endearing superheroes that lasted until today is Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Timely Comics will evolve into Marvel and thus this year marks the 80th Anniversary! Here is the official 80 Years webpage from Marvel. It will be almost impossible for anyone not to have been touched by the characters that this company created.

So that brings us to today. Pos Malaysia collaborated with Marvel Studios via The Walt Disney Company to produce the “Marvel 80 Years” folder set. This is a Setem Ku (Personalised Stamps) series. Pos Malaysia first collaborated with Walt Disney Company last year to produce the sold out “Mickey Mouse Celebrating 90 Years of Magic” folder set.

This time the foyer of the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office was decked up like a Movie Premier with popcorn stands, cotton candy stands and a photo booth where anyone can get their photo taken with their favourite hero’s prop.

Hmmmm, let me try the hammer…. I am worthy! Now, where is the shield?

As Malaysia’s Mightiest Press gather themselves together against a common launch… the Marvel 80 Years Folder set was unveiled!

Here is Tan Wee (Head, Retail and Licensing for Malaysia and Singapore from The Walt Disney Company) (left of the photo) and Schrene Goh (Vice President, Marketing, Pos Malaysia) (right of the photo) during the unveiling of the products:

The folder set includes:

1. 2 PRE-PRINTED souvenir covers (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Thanos, Hulk on Cover 1 and Spider-Man, Loki, Black Widow, Black Panther and Dr Strange on Cover 2). Cover collectors, please take note: This is similar to the Mickey Souvenir Cover where the stamps are PRINTED along with the cancellation (PRINTED).

2. 2 perforated Setem Ku sheetlets

3. 1 imperforate sheet

4. 2 postcards WITHOUT any pre-printed stamp (Design 1 is Iron Man and Design 2 is Spider-Man)

5. 1 die-cut folder

Here is the opened up folder:

Here is the back of the pre-printed souvenir covers and postcards:

Here is the line-up:

The items are available in a folder set. There will NOT be any loose items for sale. The folder set is available for pre-order at RM 120.00 at Pos Malaysia Main Post Offices (including the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau HQ) and also through http://www.eziemall.com

There will NOT be any counter sales. The folder sets are expected to be delivered after 23 July 2019.

The good news is the first 300 pre-orders at the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office will receive a free miniature poster of the Imperforate Sheetlet:

And here are the unsung heroes behind all the hardwork and design:

From the left: Jackllin Foo ((Manager Hardlines, Disney), Xiu Wen (THE Designer), Haidan (Head of the Philatelic Bureau), Faizah (Pos Malaysia, Head of Marketing Unit) and Tay Chin Yaw (Lead Creative Manager, Disney).

Xiu Wen was also the designer of last year’s Mickey Mouse folder set!

Remember to be an early bird for this series. There are only 10,000 sets! Last year’s Mickey Mouse sold out in a matter of hours at the counter and online in a day. With the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a second highest grossing film in their belt, I believe there will be more than enough fans to snap it up quickly. It makes sense if you can shop in online platforms, you should be able to shop at: https://www.eziemall.com/limited-edition-80-years-marvel-stamp

There is a limit of 5 sets per order in eziemall.

Note: For foreign readers, the item is only available for local orders. If you would like to order via myfdc, just drop a note at: sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

Watch for the item tomorrow (04 July 2019).

You can also head over to your nearest General Post Office to place and pre-order and pay up front.

The folder sets will be ready after 23 July 2019. Please take not that this is a Pos Malaysia PRE-ORDER.

‘Nuff Said!

Excelsior!

Release of the Wild Orchids State Definitives 2017

Release of the Wild Orchids State Definitives 2017

Today’s final issue of the year saw the regulars at an early hour. The front liners were queuing to make FDCs (many to realise that there is only the KL cancellation – guess they are not reading myfdc – or they would have already download the forms).

Then there are those who want to try their luck to get Perlis – the most speculative state for stamps and philatelic. Recently an eBay item with 175th anniversary of UPU posted cover ended at astronomical price only to see it reappear by the same seller days later. Guess 2 hardcores were slugging it out and maybe a joy bidder helping the speculation.Ā As I mentioned earlier, the Philatelic Bureaus will only sell loose for the respective states and it is anyone’s guess where is “Perlis” in Perlis?

Anyway, with the same number printed and not much stocks in Kangar, we can only speculate on the speculation!

The crowd thinned out by noon. There were ample stocks. I guess a lesson learned for the next state series (hopefully someone will dig up myfdc to read) is to pre-pack 14 states rather than doing it on issue day.

The KL General Post Office did that and the transactions were faster.

There was also a Christmas Setem Ku on sale today. Not many realise it or are not interested.

Mint stocks were ample even until the closing bell.

So what was I up to? Buying up and tearing up my Federal Territory MS to make Definitive transition covers. I matched the face values of the existing Garden Flowers micro-text series released this year with the Orchids. This year the Garden Flowers state series was only printed for the Federal Territory. Just so happen that the stamps were released towards the end of 2018. This Federal Territory definitive then transitions into the Wild Orchids definitive. I do not expect to see the post office sheets of the new definitives anytime soon. So the Federal Territory Garden Flowers should bloom for a while.

Thus, this was the only chance to make the concordant Federal Territory “transition” cover as it is the first day of issue plus it is in Kuala Lumpur which is one of the 3 Federal Territories.

Here are some of my handiwork:

It took a month of preparation for the harder to find corner margins. As usual, spares are available.

I am now left with lots of 05 sen and 10 sen. šŸ™‚

Meanwhile, back to the question on where you can get Perlis?

The local post offices are your best bet. However, this time, there is not much demand for Perlis.

I will skip. I am a covers guy. Enjoy the queue.

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Important Information: Media Preview of Wild Orchids Definitive

Important Information: Media Preview of Wild Orchids Definitive

To cap off the year’s media preview, the long awaited Wild Orchids State Definitive was previewed this morning. The date of sale is on 04 December 2018. Recall that the Orchid National Definitive was issued on 21 February 2017.

Here are the technical details:

The Wild Orchids are found in Peninsular Malaysia with only the 30 sen Phalus subtrilobus and 40 sen Dendrobium macrophyllum var. ternatense are found in Mount Kinabalu.

The Wild Orchids featured are:

  1. 5 sen: Bulbophyllum virescens (Bulbophyllum Orchid)
  2. 10 sen: Corybas carinatus (Helmet Orchid)
  3. 20 sen: Vanill a griffithii (Vanilla Orchid)
  4. 30 sen: Phaius subtrilobus (Almost Three Lobed Phalus)
  5. 40 sen: Dendrobium macrophyllum var. ternatense (Large-leaved Dendrobium)
  6. 50 sen: Aneotochilus reinwardtii (Jewel Orchid)

I need you to take down notes as you read as it is a bit complicated. Let’s start off with the quantities:

  1. Perforated Miniature Sheets of RM 1.55: 20,000 piecesĀ for EACH state design
  2. Imperforated Miniature Sheets of RM 5.00: 17,000 pieces for EACH state design
  3. Empty folders of RM 8.00: 1,600 pieces
  4. Blank envelopes of 50 sen: 30,000 pieces

Based on the quantities, it is quite moderate. Here are the visuals:

The folder is a special design with 2 pockets to keep all the 14 MS FDC x 2 types and 4 plastic sleeves to keep the MS in an overlapping row.

Here are the Pos Malaysia sales arrangements:

A. SODA Members:

  1. FDC: Only Kuala Lumpur cancellation on perforated MS
  2. Mint: 14 states perforated MS

B. SODA Order Form or Eziemall:

  1. Perforated MS FDC with matching cancellations
  2. Imperforate MS FDC with matching cancellations

These (SODA Order FormĀ and Eziemall) areĀ the ONLY easy way to obtain ALL the 14Ā states matching cancellation on FDC!

C. Counter (Philatelic Bureau HQ andĀ Branches):

  1. FDC: Only your state Philatelic Bureau cancellation
  2. Mint: Perforated and Imperforated MS in a set of 14 states
  3. Mint loose: Your own state MS will be offered

Normal Post Offices: 14 mint MS (perforated) in a set

So, on that day, do inform me what is the actual arrangement.

The other good news is the designer, Mr KY Lim, Reign Associates is expected to come and autograph the products.

Foreign orders for MINT complete setsĀ are accepted at sky52200myfdc@gmail.com and will be supplied on a paid basis. Order will be refunded if the issue is cancelled or sold out.

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Where is Mickey and Minnie?

Where is Mickey and Minnie?

The Mickey Mouse (and Minnie Mouse of course) Pre-Stamped Postal Card / Postcard set of 2 is sold out at the counters. It is also sold out on eziemall.

The final option is for SODA members to order via SODA order forms:

Ooops, just got news SODA is finished too.

Updated 15 November 2018:

A surprising information, when I asked Philatelic Bureau today, the counter is accepting the SODA order forms including the Pre-Stamped Postal Card set! I guess it is who you ask. Anyway, no harm in sending the order if you missed out.

Shah Alam General Post Office still have the Pre-Stamped Postal Card set. Go quick or the dealers will grab the stocks! Many thanks to Jacqueline (myfdc reader) for sharing this vital information.

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Updated 21 November 2018: M…I…C…K…E…Y ……….   M…O…U…S…E ! Mickey is 90! SOLD OUT!

Updated 21 November 2018: M…I…C…K…E…Y ………. M…O…U…S…E ! Mickey is 90! SOLD OUT!

Pos Malaysia is issuing a special Mickey Mouse Folder Set in conjunction with the 90th Birthday of Mickey. This will be issued on 12 November 2018 on the first day of the Stamp Week 2018. There is also a Disney postcard set.

The Folder set retails at RM 90 with the following items in the set:

  1. A set of 4 postcards that make up Mickey.
  2. 2 designs of Setemku sheetlets.
  3. A set of 4 FDCs.

The Disney Postcard is a set of 2 postcards and retails at RM 10.

Updated 09 November 2018:

Here are additional information from today’s Media Preview.

  1. The number of folders printed are 5,000 sets.
  2. The number of Pre-Stamped Postal Cards (NOT in the Folder Set) are 2,000 sets (2 Postal Cards in a set).

The Malaysia Walt Disney Company team members led by their Country Director (Retail and Licensing), Gan Lay Koon (second from the left), were on hand at the Media Preview to explain the stamp issue. The designer is Xiu Wen, first on the left of the photo.

There will also be a Mickey Mouse exhibition in Pavilion (Kuala Lumpur) from 15 November 2018 to 01 January 2019. Do keep a look out for more information on the exhibition. Mickey Mouse will make 4 appearances on 17 November 2018 in Pavilion.

1. Folder Set

Here is the Folder with the 2 mint sheetlets of Mickey Mouse Setemku (personalised stamp). The Setemku features:

(a) Mickey in a Malaysian setting as part of Mickey Go Local.

(b) Mickey’s cartoons through the 90 years of history

The FDCs are pre-printed, i.e. it is a printed envelope with the stamp design and cancellation pre-printed. This is similar to a Pre-Stamped Envelope (PSE) however the difference is that the cancellation (chop) is also pre-printed. This is a first for Malaysian philately.

Here is the leaflet:

The folder set includes a set of 4 Postal Cards (Pos Malaysia explained that an official Postcard issued by Pos Malaysia is called a Postal Card). The 4 postal cards will form the picture of Mickey Mouse running! The back is the same design.

2. Pre-Stamped Postal Card (set of 2)

Here is the Postal Card with Pre-Printed stamp. The Postal Card can be posted internationally.

Thus a complete set of Folder and Pre-Stamped Postal Cards will add up to RM 100.00.

Pos Malaysia has confirmed that the product will also be on sale on their e-platform: http://www.eziemall.com

The Mickey Mouse sets will appeal to the Disney Thematic collectors.

Updated 12 November 2018:

The queue for Mickey Mouse products was high from the opening bell! A lot new faces were queueing even before 07:00 am. Since they are new, they were going around asking where and how to buy the products.

A Chinese language newspaper mistakenly wrote 500 sets were available thus creating an artificial panic buying. The http://www.eziemall.com was out of stock for the day as the new stocks have not been loaded, further increasing the demand.

There were 2 locations to purchase:

  1. The Kuala Lumpur General Post Office (it was sold out at about 10:00 am); and
  2. Philatelic Bureau HQ which had ample stocks even until late afternoon (however the queue was extremely long and labourious).

For SODA holders, there is also an additional order form:

Updated 14 November 2018:

The stocks on eziemall was again replenished by late evening on 13 November 2018. However, the Pre-Stamped Postcards are sold out at the counters. The only last resort is the SODA order forms (refer above). You can just print and fax over the form if you are a SODA member.

Oooops…….SODA is also sold out.

Updated 15 November 2018:

Surprisingly SODA still accept the order form even for the Pre-Stamped Postal Card set. I guess no harm in ordering.

A myfdc reader, Jacqueline, shared that Shah Alam General Post Office still have stocks of the Pre-Stamped Postal Card set!

Eziemall was temporarily out of stock. It was restocked by afternoon. I noticed quite a lot of dealers are marking eziemall to wait for “Sold Out”. I guess the dealers are eagerly waiting to sell their stocks.

The Philatelic Bureau Headquarters still have stocks and the sales was much slower than the previous 3 days.

Updated 21 November 2018:

Mickey Mouse folders are sold out.

This reflects the popularity of Mickey!

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